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Click, Clink: Think Pink with PBCC and Sutter Home this Fall

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:22 am | 1 comment.

Now through October 31, you can make a difference for Pennsylvania women facing breast cancer, with one simple text message.  Text “HOPEPA” to 89800 and Sutter Home Winery will donate $1 to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.  Plus, a portion of Sutter Home wine sales in PA will also be donated to our cause.

The texting campaign runs through the end of October.  Standard data and messaging rates apply.  Sutter Home will donate up to $10,000 to the PBCC during that time period, so get texting!

Look for this ad at your local wine and spirits store and help us provide hope in PA for survivors and their families:

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Hot Flashes? Electroacupuncture Could be the Answer

Posted By on September 16th, 2015 at 8:22 am | 0 comments.

electroacupuncture-for-plA new study points to electroacupuncture as an effective treatment for hot flashes in women who received estrogen-targeted therapies for breast cancer. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied 120 breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes on a daily basis. After 8 weeks, the patients receiving electroacupuncture showed greater results than those taking common drugs used to treat the symptoms.

What is electroacupuncture? Electroacupuncture is a procedure in which embedded needles deliver weak electrical currents to the body. According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients say they experienced fewer hot flashes during the electroacupuncture than with other treatments.

To read the complete study results, click here.


Conference 2015: Honoring Potamkin Prize Winner Dr. Edith Mitchell

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:16 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplPresident’s Corner by Pat Halpin-Murphy

To say Dr. Edith Mitchell, our 2015 Potamkin Prize Winner, is accomplished would be an understatement. She’s an oncologist, a clinical professor, a researcher, a triple-negative breast cancer expert, a Brigadier General, a mother, a wife and a humanitarian.  The list goes on from there.  Dr. Mitchell currently works with breast cancer patients and students at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and serves as President of the National Medical Association.

The Vivian and Meyer P. Potamkin Foundation Prize for Breast Cancer Research is an annual award presented to an individual who is performing outstanding or groundbreaking work in the field of breast cancer research.  It is someone who demonstrates vision and commitment to providing the best possible treatment and outcome for patients, and leadership in the breast cancer community.  Dr. Mitchell embodies that commitment, making breakthroughs in triple-negative breast cancer research and treatment while caring for patients every day.  Her work has made a direct impact on the women served by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, and throughout the world. Congratulations, Dr. Mitchell!

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Will YOU join us in honoring Dr. Mitchell on Monday, October 5? Register today and experience Pennsylvania’s premier statewide breast cancer conference. Make a day of it!


Harrisburg International Airport to Host PBCC Photo Exhibit

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:16 am | 0 comments.

photo exhibit HIAMessages of hope and courage will accompany the hustle and bustle of travelers at Harrisburg International Airport this fall.  The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania will be on display at HIA Sept. 24 – October 6. Don’t miss our kick-off opening reception Thursday, Sept. 24 beginning at 6:00pm with light refreshments following by a program including local breast cancer survivors. Want to attend?

The photo exhibit shares real quotes and photos from women who have faced breast cancer in all of PA’s 67 counties while promoting the importance of early detection. To RSVP for the opening reception, email or call 800-377-8828, ext. 3040. We hope to see you there for this inspiring and empowering event!

Luzerne County Survivor Diagnosed at 38, Finds New Lease on Life After Breast Cancer

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:15 am | 0 comments.

Melissa Cole for PLMelissa Cole – Luzerne County

My husband Mike and I were in the process of moving in with his parents. I was loading books into a crate and bruised my chest wall. When the pain didn’t go away after a while, my husband was checking the bruise and said “Do you know you have a lump in your breast?”

I was 38 years old and had done breast self-exam regularly but hadn’t found this lump. It was deeper than I could feel but the injury may have pushed it forward. I had chest X-rays done and the doctor said you need to have a mammogram.
I went to Geisinger Women’s Imaging Center and learned I have dense breast tissue. I had a lumpectomy, 33 radiation treatments and then went on anastrozole.
My family was very supportive. We were up front with our 12 year-old son Chase. He understood and was there to help me whenever I needed him. I teach toddlers at Little Meadows Learning Center and my co-workers brought us food and helped with gas money. To this day, my friends still check on me.
My friend Barb Bowman had been diagnosed with breast cancer before me and she encouraged me to go to the PBCC Conference. She said it would help me to learn how to move forward and live my life. That conference was amazing! The classes were great; I feel like I learned so much. The vendors were a big help too. I wasn’t sure at that time if I’d have to have a mastectomy and at the conference I was able to see and feel a prosthesis and know what it would be like if I had a mastectomy and didn’t have reconstruction.
Now I tell other women not to be afraid to go to the doctor if you find something. It’s important. It took cancer to settle me down but now I know my life is my life and I’m going to live it the way I need to. I’m living a happier life.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Pink Daisy Project Offers Free Gift Cards to Women under 45 Facing Breast Cancer

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:15 am | 0 comments.

Pink-Daisy-Project-for-PLThe Pink Daisy Project offers short-term assistance for women under the age of 45 who are within three months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction. The organization provides gift cards for groceries, gas, and restaurants in order to offset the increased expenses in your budget during treatment. How can you apply?

As part of the application process, your oncologist must verify your age and date of diagnosis. To receive an application, send an email to

To learn more about the Pink Daisy Project, click here to visit the website.

What Do YOU Need to Know about Dense Breasts?

Posted By on August 17th, 2015 at 9:15 am | 0 comments.

woman with dense breasts for PLSo, you have dense breasts… what does that mean? What do you do now? A website, created by experts (including our 2015 Conference Pink Ribbon Awardee Dr. Wendie Berg) and breast cancer survivors, answers those questions and more. provides visitors with a clear picture of breast density along with materials you may find helpful when talking with your doctor like a breast cancer risk checklist, a screening chart, educational videos and more. offers the latest information, images and frequently asked questions for women who may want to learn more about what it means to have dense breasts.
To visit the site for patients, click here
To visit the site for medical professionals, click here.

Grab Groceries, Give Back! Whole Foods Teams with PBCC in Nickels for Nonprofits

Posted By on July 30th, 2015 at 10:58 am | 0 comments.

whole-foods-nickels-for-nonprofitsWhole Foods of North Wales in Montgomery County has teamed up with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition on Nickels for Nonprofits. The program runs for the next few months to spread awareness and to raise funds for our mission. Want to participate?

Here’s how it works:

1. Bring your reusable bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market in North Wales, PA now through September 27.

2. Mention the PA Breast Cancer Coalition at checkout.

3. 5 cents for every bag you use is donated to the PBCC’s support and advocacy efforts for women facing breast cancer!

Encourage your local Whole Foods Market to support the PA Breast Cancer Coalition through Nickels for Nonprofits. Click here to find your local store, ask for an application and get started! To learn more about Community Giving at Whole Foods, click here. Thank you for making a difference with us!